Denmark Starts To Offer Vaccines To Seafarers

The government of Denmark has just announced that the country would be providing vaccines to seafarers calling at Denmark’s ports, or transiting through the Danish airports. This makes Denmark one of the many nations in Europe, after Cyprus, Belgium and Germany, to prioritize seafarer vaccination, irrespective of their nationality. The country would be providing a one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccines to the beneficiaries.

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“Offering Covid-19 vaccines for seafarers is immensely important, as it enables them to sign on vessels anywhere in the world. Many seafarers are from countries where vaccines are still in short supply, so this is indeed an important step for shipping – and a natural one for a seafaring nation like Denmark,” Jacob Meldgaard, the CEO of Torm, a Danish shipping company.

Related Read: Just 15.3% Seafarers Vaccinated Globally: Neptune Indicator

According to a survey by Neptune Declaration Crew Change Indicator, the seafarer vaccination rate stands at just 15.3% around the world, (less than one out of five) as reported by marinemonks on early August. This makes it crucially important for countries around the world, to begin taking such actions.

The indicator further reported about the worsening of the crew change crisis around the world. The number of seafarers onboard ships, who are working beyond the expiry-date of their respective contracts increased by 0.2%, from 8.8% to 9.0% in the last one month, while the number of seafarers on-board vessels for more than eleven months have risen by 0.3%, from 1% to 1.3%.

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